Fishing in thick weed produces 43lb 1oz common

Targeting an area of thick weed paid off for Dave Levy when he caught this 43lb 1oz common known as The Bulldozer from the Golden Gates syndicate in Essex.

The 38-year-old Korda consultant had seen a group of carp at around 60yds range and decided to fish a naked chod rig with a Mainline Baits Cell pop-up to achieve a good presentation over the weed.

He was woken at 4am by a series of bleeps on his alarm and when he checked the rod his line had pulled up tight. He lifted into the fish and powerful fight lasting nearly half an hour followed.

Find out more about how Dave tackles weedy swims, plus all the other breaking big carp catches, in next week’s Angling Times on sale Tuesday July 19.